Thursday, December 04, 2008
Recently I made a commitment to my spirit to spend Thursdays in my studio, creating. The first week was awesome. It took a bit of coaxing to get me into the room but once I was there, I enjoyed the creative time. I started a project that's been on my mind for 10 years! The second day was challenging. I felt a little bored, a little distracted. Still, I gave myself time to listen to music, sing and draw. The third day I spent entirely on non-art but highly creative work. I'm still deciding whether that's cheating.
It's always been in my nature to be cross-disciplinary. One of the theatre pieces I'm most proud of turned a rather academic book into a movement performance. The piece above is an exploration of an idea from a story that turned into a thought for a play and its stage design and here is explored in a visual piece.
Cross-disciplinary for me also means more radical crossings, perhaps from an art medium into a party into a blog post into an outfit into an approach to a relationship into who knows? I think it's because I'm mostly interested in the idea, the concept. Exploring that idea in many different ways helps me to understand it. It's like encountering something gorgeous and precious and wanting to see and experience it from every angle.
Right now a lot of ideas are percolating - things I really want to explore and that I might decide to create. They range from a blog exploration for 2009, to performance pieces, to online events (more on that soon), to a major business endeavour. The more I think about the studio time, the more convinced I am that our lives are our studio and what we can create is unlimited.